Here is the review of the day’s play in the Australia vs England, Match Review, Day 5:
England were below par in the first innings, collapsing dramatically after a solid first day. Once the lead was established, they didn’t have much chance at saving the game on a pitch laced with cracks. Was it ever in doubt? Well, perhaps for a couple of days in Brisbane… and for a while this morning. But not even some English weather could bail out England in the WACA’s farewell Ashes Test; that’s eight defeats in a row here, and that too having been 4 for 368 in their first innings. It’s also the third time in little over a year that England have scored 400 only to be beaten by an innings. Smith was MoM for his magnificent 239 but Josh Hazlewood was the wrecking ball on the final day, blowing through England’s resistance with the gusto of last night’s storm.
Josh Hazelwood and Pat Cummins ran through the batting lineup of the Englishmen after a rain delayed start. Mitch Matsh and Steven Smith were the plot makers of the win with a record 300 plus stand. Mitch Marsh missed out on a double ton but Steve Smith did not. His innings was as flawless as it gets. The innings was just a reminder of why he is a modern day great and a superstar. Micthell Starc was also a key man in the game with 4 wickets in the first innings and a ball to remember in the second innings by cleaning up James Vince with an extra ordinary delivery. Nathan Lyon also picked up few key wickets that included the England skipper Joe Root and Mooen Ali. The Ashes is back with Australia. You could say England competed in all three Tests, but then they also blew it away in all three Tests, none more significantly than this one. Will it be a white wash, only time will tell.
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